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Moving along

Mayor says controversial streetcar project will happen: “The citizens have tasked us with building it, not talking about it.”


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Tim Farley
Advocates of the MAPS 3 modern streetcar system will take a “huge step” forward if the Oklahoma City Council approves a recommended route next week.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Center stage

Vocal proponents of the vividly colored theater vow to save Stage Center with a variety of proposals.


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Tim Farley
Historic preservationists like Lisa Chronister and Catherine Montgomery don’t give up. Controversy over Stage Center, the former Mummers Theater in downtown Oklahoma City, built in 1970, is a classic example.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BREAKING: Petition drive seeks storm shelter funding

Victims of the May tornadoes, with Take Shelter Oklahoma, called this an apolitical effort


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Tim Farley
Supporters of school storm shelters are ready to work. That was the message conveyed by volunteers Wednesday at the State Capitol after it was announced an initiative petition seeking a statewide vote on building storm shelters in all public schools would be launched.


 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FOP endorses Shadid for OKC Mayor


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City’s police union cast a rare unanimous endorsement Thursday night for mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.
 
Friday, September 13, 2013

Stepping up

Oklahoma City’s walkability numbers are improving along with the development of its businesses, sidewalks, parks and plazas.


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Tim Farley
For decades, the twofold dilemma of urban sprawl and neglect of downtown Oklahoma City created a mess that current leaders still are working to unravel. Starting in the 1970s and continuing through the mid-1990s, “white flight” from innercity neighborhoods pushed residents and businesses to the outskirts of the city.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

‘Ex-gay’ ministry

A pair of Oklahomans help form a religiously affiliated group to “break the power of same-sex attraction.”


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Greg Horton
Two Oklahoma City ministries are key players in the formation of a new nationwide network of so-called ex-gay ministries. Stephen Black, executive director of Oklahoma City-based First Stone Ministries, is vice chairman of the board of the newly formed Restored Hope Network, cites the organization’s official website.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MAPS threat lingers

Issues remain and voters react after questions were raised about constitutionality of MAPS 3 projects.


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Tim Farley
Vowing to avoid a political battle, Oklahoma City attorney David Slane contended this week that his research into the constitutionality of the 2009 MAPS 3 measure is aimed at protecting the public. Recently, Slane and his legal team questioned whether the ballot language violated the state’s single-subject rule, which prohibits unrelated issues from being placed on a single ballot question. The MAPS 3 ballot centered on a sales tax extension that would finance eight separate projects.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Informed and engaged

Foundation offers much-needed hand-up to city’s most desperate students and families.


News

Mark Beutler
More than 17,000 students in Oklahoma City Public Schools live in households making $11,000 a year or less. It’s a sobering statistic, one the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation is trying to change.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Urban education

For city planners, the construction of a downtown elementary school is hopefully just the beginning for more schools in the area.


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Tim Farley
While work continues on a new elementary school downtown, city leaders say other schools eventually will be needed in the area to maintain residential development there.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Driven to paganism?

A Christian’s lawsuit that fights the Native American “rain god” imagery on state license plates wins favor from the nonreligious sector, too.


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Greg Horton
A local minister’s lawsuit claiming that Native American imagery on license plates forces him to become a “mobile billboard” for pagan religion will get another chance after being thrown out of a higher court.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The hot place to be

From desolate to in-demand, Midtown has risen from a ‘neglected backwater’ with help from a dedicated community.


News

Tim Farley
Eighteen years ago, Midtown was nothing more than a “neglected backwater” replete with halfway houses and abandoned buildings. Faced with blighted conditions years before the April 19, 1995, disaster, Midtown was instead a ghost town created by the 1980s’ devastating oil bust and ensuing disinvestment.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

City officials respond to MAPS 3 legal challenge


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Tim Farley
An attorney challenging the constitutionality of the MAPS 3 vote has promised to reconsider his fight against Oklahoma City.
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Legal challenge threatened over MAPS 3


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Tim Farley
A shot was fired over the bow this week that challenged the constitutionality of the MAPS 3 projects and threatened to halt related city development plans its tracks.
 
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Senior center hiccups

Though early in the process, few seem to agree on what is needed for proposed senior wellness centers included in the MAPS 3 funding plan.


News

Tim Farley
Oklahoma City’s attempt to select operating partners for its MAPS 3 senior wellness centers has become a confusing and disorganized process, said Randy Tate, chief executive officer for NorthCare.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Better buses

More frequent bus stops and less wait time are planned for Metro Transit buses.


News

Tim Farley
More frequent stops will be implemented in the Metro Transit bus system starting in January pending formal approval.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
 
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